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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 2

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 2

As we continue with the second part of Stacy’s post we consider the impact that sleep paralysis has on our lives socially and concerning others.

Do we keep it a secret or share it?  Is there shame and stigma or is it accepted?  Whilst we are discussing sleep paralysis, this dilemma could be applied to many other conditions that have the potential for scepticism.  Once again I thank Stacy for sharing.

Well, we refuse to discuss these experiences with others (Muzammil et al., 2023, p.). But that is only the first part. As we attend to this version of us that cannot discuss SP with others (the outward self), some address the second, ‘inward’ self in private. Exploring the division between these two identities is fascinating. It is like having a secret hobby that nobody else is allowed to know. A private exploration of meaningful experiences in an attempt to rediscover the control and community we once had in our social circles.

To validate SP experiences, some individuals will seek validation within spiritual frameworks. If you are interested, search ‘Is Sleep Paralysis Real?’ and have a look at some of the answers to these questions. Threads and threads of individuals receiving two completely different answers: 1.) It is not real (gives in detail scientific explanation of sleep cycles and REM) and 2.) These are real demonic entities, they are after you because you are good/bad, religious/non-religious, special, or psychologically unwell, and witnessing these difficulties manifests into symbolic forms.

Through anxiety and stress toward our experience of bodily doubt in the night, we search to find ways to answer this experience in the only way we know how: through validation. We do not want to be seen as ‘crazy,’ so to validate SP, we ask those who will accept the nature of this discussion. But, this leaves individuals vulnerable to just about any spiritual interpretation, whether it is simply meaningful or truly frightening. It is up to these individuals to decide what they choose to engage with, of course. However, by granting these experiences greater spiritual credit, we may lose control of an environment that exists purely to validate already terrifying supernatural beliefs (Solomonova, 2018, p. 1). We must be careful with how we navigate through spiritual frameworks and make sure to offer those with SP greater comfort and support.

Perhaps the situation involves more division than we initially understood. The ‘inward’ self explores SP as a subjective spiritual experience with an additional impersonal, somewhat anonymous community. The ‘outward’ self goes to work, and school, and has a stronger closeness to people. The ‘inward’ self has the capacity to emotionally affect the ‘outward’ self in what they find (certain negative spiritual beliefs can intensify feelings of guilt or being a ‘bad’ person), but the relationships we have with ‘real-life’ people could dismantle these worries altogether. If someone we know could listen to these worries and subjective spiritual experiences in their entirety (even the disturbing stuff) and tell us, “But, you are a good person?” would that not stand for more than a demonic attack? Maybe I am too optimistic about the power of friendship, yet I believe this is worth trying.

In order to create the right environment to discuss SP in the way the ‘inward’ self prefers, society has to understand that this discussion does not seek to prove SP is a subjective spiritual experience; rather, it aims to show how this is already the likely interpretation for those who experience SP. Therefore, if we remove the current social understanding that those who experience SP find comfort in scientific explanations and replace this with an understanding that these experiences are already meaningful, then the discussion can naturally gravitate toward meaning, experience, and belief. The scientific does not support the lived experience of subjective spiritual experiences. To unravel this, we should approach SP how those who experience SP do and work backward.

 

These are just my thoughts, but I hope you find them interesting.

 


 

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 1

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 1

Stacy Cameron is a sleep paralysis experiencer who offered to write a guest post . As a young sleep paralysis experiencer, her post is welcomed as I share it with you today. It’s a 2-part post that is based on her subjective experiences.

 

I could hear bubbles inside my ears, a strange sensation – almost electrical. The internal vibration in my mind was so heavy I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow. When I opened my eyes, I could see a dark shadow with white eyes staring at me, looming over my sister and me, reaching its arm towards us. I tried to scream for my dad, for my sister to wake up, but my voice was hollow and underwater. I realized I could not move. I thought I had died, that my soul was stuck in this in-between land with something evil trying to take my life. But then I shot awake. Quietly, I went downstairs to sit with my dog. I didn’t bother to share this with any adult in my family.

 

I am twenty-two now, and just like every other night for the last sixteen years, last night I had sleep paralysis (SP). This time I was in a farmhouse, derelict, with a central wooden staircase. Suddenly, a red ball began chasing my sister and me up the stairs. This peculiar supernatural ball kept repeating the word “mum” in a child’s voice every time it landed on a step. I grabbed hold of it with so much fear, and my sister froze. “Brooke! What are you doing?” Without a second thought, I threw it back down the stairs. It hit the floor but did not bounce. It was dense. It was as though we had thrown a bowling ball down a well, yet this was clearly some sort of dodgeball based on the distinctive sound it made when it chased us. A horrible sense of dread went through me as I watched it sit so still and lifeless. Both of us started screaming and crying. I immediately needed to get out of this because it was too painful to stay there. I managed to wake up, but I couldn’t move my arms, so I fought as hard as I could to wake up.

 

The next day, I sat searching ‘red ball meaning in dreams,’ ‘What does it mean when you see something inanimate die in your dream?’ and ‘What did my dream mean?’ I was in the middle of a café with my partner discussing his lab work. I was barely present for this conversation. My mind was elsewhere. Am I angry about something? Am I stressed for some reason? I kept this experience to myself. I watched my coffee go cold on the table as my eyes saw through the conversation happening before me. That red ball, the screaming; it is all I can think about.

In current SP research, very little is known about SP hallucinations (Sharpless & Grom, 2014). Simultaneously, no treatments exist for SP, and as a result, the focus has shifted to overcoming this problem by trying to find a robust, reliable preventative solution to these experiences (Sharpless & Grom, 2014). Although society attempts to scientifically explain SP as a disruption in our REM cycles, this is not entirely true for every instance or occurrence of SP (Jalal & Ramachandran, 2014). The body is unreliable for those who suffer from SP; we learn through this experience of fear and paralysis that we can no longer trust our body to move on command. This trust in our bodies is damaged. As a result, just like any other physical or mental illness, this changes our perception of the world and cultivates new fears of ‘existential uncertainty’ and ‘exposure’ (Carel, 2016, p. 96). Carel explains how this bodily doubt “challenges the everyday veneer of normality and control that we cultivate as individuals and as a society” (Carel, 2016, p. 96). Perhaps this can explain why those who suffer from SP have a fear of being seen as ‘weird’ (Cheyne, 2003): we realize this experience makes us different and separate from others. Therefore, it is now too difficult to trust what we once knew or thought about our bodies.

We can add another layer to Carel’s argument and suggest that this bodily doubt is even harder to endure when the experience of paralysis is separate from the version of us that exists. In reality, we did not experience paralysis because our bodies were asleep, preventing us from waving our arms around while we dream. Yet, our experiences were real in how we believe we genuinely experienced paralysis. During SP, these feelings of exposure and isolation in Carel’s description of bodily doubt are intensified through these hallucinations. When these dark shadows present themselves to us, we learn the body is weak and barely contains the strength to save us from danger.

 
 

How can you communicate this intricate relationship with body and mind when the relationship is… mind and mind? This is why most refuse to visit a healthcare provider for these experiences (Muzammil et al., 2023). It is an impossible task to explain the subjective experience of SP with any meaningfulness attached to the experience with anyone. Carel states this meaningfulness attributed to bodily doubt makes sense, “the meaning is doubt itself” (Carel, 2016, p. 94). In this particular case, the experience of paralysis, with an added layer of hallucination to explain this paralysis, with the knowledge that this experience in reality never occurred, is incredibly difficult to explain and describe. It is too easy to subject yourself to the high likelihood that other people could simply deny this experience because it never occurred. But it did. So, what now?

Part 2 to follow.

I’d like to formally thank Stacy for her personal experience.

 

 

 


 

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The Difficult Topic Of Forgiveness

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The Difficult Topic Of Forgiveness

Discussing the difficult topic of forgiveness is never easy.

 

For some, not forgiving someone or a past situation has been pent up for many years.

 

For others, there is someone who can not forgive them for something they said or did either consciously or unconsciously.

 

Or, it may be that they are unable to forgive themselves for something.

 

Whilst the circumstances may differ, the overall negative impact on you is the same:

 

A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON YOUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

 

THE NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE EFFECTS OF NOT FORGIVING

 

Ultimately, forgiving yourself or others means releasing resentment or anger.

 

An internal energetic block has been created where you can go neither  forward nor backwards with regard to the individual or situation.

 

This is extremely detrimental for your physical and mental health and well-being (and it has nothing to do with the other person).

 

Whilst holding onto these negative emotions, the only person being harmed is you.

 

It does not serve you and it risks your life span along with your overall health and well-being.

 

In studies, forgiveness has been shown to improve anxiety, sleep, depression and stress.  It also enhances your mood, vitality and levels of positivity.

 

HOW TO FORGIVE SOMEONE WHO HAS WRONGED YOU

 

Forgiving someone is easier said than done.

 

It can be challenging when someone has hurt you and there is no apology or sign of humility.

 

You may have been treated badly by someone who you think had no consideration for your feelings, and you ask yourself:  “How can I forgive someone who has treated me so dreadfully?”

 

Well, there are no situations that can not be forgiven, whether the injury was done by a family member, a friend or colleague.  Relationships, employers and even yourself can be forgiven.

 

 

HOW TO FORGIVE OTHERS AND YOURSELF

 

The following tips will help you to release those negative emotions and move closer to forgiving others:

 

1. Acknowledge that being unforgiving harms only you. The buildup of negative energy takes a toll on your health and reconciling this internal imbalance will improve your well-being including sleep and stress levels.

 

2. Make a decision to forgive. The negative energy and emotions you feel is a clear sign that you are not coping well and a release is needed.

 

3. Allow yourself to feel compassion when forgiving someone, whilst recognizing that forgiveness is for you first, and others second.

 

4. Release the emotion. The experience has changed you and it is time to continue your growth as you can now express the act of forgiveness.

 

 

When forgiving yourself:

 

1. Taking responsibility for your actions is the first step. Recognize where the issue occurred and your role in it.

 

2. Forgive yourself. Say it, write it, chant it and feel it. We are all human, and occasionally we do something that is perceived as wrong or inappropriate.

 

3. If needed, speak to others concerned. Apologize for what took place, but note that you are not seeking their forgiveness, but your growth and ability to move past the issue.

 

At the end of the day, you are the person responsible for your happiness.

 

Living a life that is full and healthy, guilt and stress-free is your responsibility. Your health and well-being is your priority.

 

Do not let being unforgiving and harboring negative emotions prevent you from being the best person you can be.

 

 

 

The doors are open for a new membership platform that I’ve created (with your help) called Sleep Paralysis Explored. It’s platform where you can get focused information about sleep paralysis and the phenomena that accompany it, like astral projection, lucid dreaming, seeing and feeling sensations from both scientific and paranormal perspectives, with academic papers, books, and book reviews, QandAs and guest speakers. Designed to educate and support. More can be found here.

 

Find out more about me:

 

 
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A List of Spiritual Words & Terms and their Meanings

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A List of Spiritual Words & Terms and their Meanings

A glossary of spiritual words and terms that has been developed to help with your spiritual growth and development.

 

A

 

Astral body:  The astral body takes the same image as the physical body but is formed of finer matter. This is the link between cosmic energy and the nervous system. A subtle counterpart of the physical human body accompanying but not usually separated from it in life and surviving its death

 

Aura: The aura is the energy field that resides in all living beings. Some are born with the ability to perceive auras. When seen, auras sometimes appear as colours that reveal an individual’s spiritual and emotional personality. It can also appear as a bright light around living being.

 

Avatar: An avatar is a person who had been born as a god and therefore is not in need of spiritual training from Spirituality Expert.

 

Astral realm or plane: The place where a persons spirit goes after dying. It is a place of existence inhabited by astral bodies. It is located directly above the earth.

 

Astral projection: Astral projection, is a term used to describe an out-of-body experience that assumes the existence of a subtle body called an “astral body” through which consciousness can function separately from the physical body and travel throughout the astral plane.

 


B

 

Body-Mind centering: A movement-reeducation approach that explores how the body’s systems contribute to movement and self-awareness. The approach also emphasizes movement patterns that develop during infancy and childhood. Incorporates guided movement, exercise, imagery, and hands-on work.

 

Buddhi: Inner wisdom or intellect.

 


C

 

Chakra: There are seven main chakras in the body and they are energy centers.  They are located in the crown of the forehead, between eyebrows, in the neck, heart, navel, genitals, and rectum. They are linked to different mental states and colors. The word derives from “Chakra” which, translated from Sanskrit, means “Wheel.”

 

Chi: The universal lifeforce that forms the basis of traditional Eastern medicine and Taoist principles.

 

Here’s a list of the different psychic abilities that have been grouped as Clair’s.

 

1. Clairvoyance

 

Clairvoyance is the ability to gain information about an object, person, location, or physical event through extrasensory perception. Clairvoyance or clear seeing is the most visual of all the Clairs. You receive pictures in the form of images in your mind’s eye. They may be vivid dreams, visions, mental images, or mini-movies. You may be able to see colours of aura etc.

Images may be literal or metaphorical.

You may be inclined towards this Clair if you’re a visual person and often visualize solutions to problems. You may be good at directions or visualizing spatial problems.

 

2. Claircognizance

 

The ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge without knowing how or why he or she knew it. You know it to be true in your mind’s eye, even though you did not hear or see it.

It may be a stroke of instant information or a download.

This Clair can also manifest as instincts.

 

3. Clairaudience

 

Clairaudience or clear hearing means that you are able to hear voices or messages from the spiritual realms. You may hear them in your ears.

An example is, that you may be driving and suddenly hear ‘left turn’ even though you are the only one in the car.

You might be inclined towards Clairaudience if you are naturally attuned to sounds, music or toning.

 

4. Clairsalience

 

The ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge by means of a smell. Insights come through the perception of a smell. Such as smelling your deceased grandmother’s perfume when there is nobody else around.

These odours can also be perceived and not actually carry the physical sensation of smell.

 

5. Clairgustance

 

The paranormal ability to taste a substance without putting anything in one’s mouth. Those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste.

You may, for example, taste the favourite food of a deceased loved one.

 

6. Clairtangency

 

The ability to perceive information by physical touch. Any psychic information is triggered when you physically touch or handle a person or thing. You are able to perceive facts about things or people by touching them.

You may gain insights into people by touching their watch or their hand.

 

7. Clairsentience

 

Clairsentience is a clear physical feeling. You actually feel the physical feeling in your body that others are experiencing.

An example is if someone is having a stomach ache, you feel either pain or a sensation in your stomach too. You may also be able to feel emotional injuries where they manifest in the body.

 

8. Clairintellect

 

Clairintellect is clear thinking. This happens when your thoughts can manifest as your intuition. You may also notice that in conversation your words come through and seem like they are words from a higher source of consciousness.

This can manifest as having ‘epiphanies’.

You may be inclined towards clear thinking if you are very left-brained and are a linear thinker.

 

9. Clairempathy

Clairempathy or clear emotion is sensing other people’s emotions, thoughts, or symptoms. It is an awareness of emotional energy. For example, someone crying might make you cry.

It’s important, as a Clairempath to understand how to balance your empathy, how to not take on the ‘stuff’ of other people, or walk into energy fields.

The difference between Clair’s ‘empath’ and ‘sentience’ is empaths sense the emotion and sentiences physically feel it.

 


 

D

 

Determinism: The philosophical assumption is that all behavior and observable events have been caused.

 

Dualism: In philosophy and theology, a system that explains all phenomena in terms of two distinct and irreducible principles, e.g., ideas and matter (as in Plato, Aristotle, and modern metaphysics) or mind and matter (as in psychology). In theology, the term refers to a concept of opposing principles, e.g., good and evil.

 


 

E

 

Ego: A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.

 

Enlightenment: Awakening /becoming enlightened to ultimate truth (in Buddhism). Or, in Hinduism, the state of divine experience is represented by the god Vishnu. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. Perhaps the most famous example is the Buddha, who achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

 

Extraterrestrial: In or coming from a place outside the planet Earth.

 

Ethereal body: The etheric body, ether-body, æther body, a name given by neo-Theosophy to a vital body or subtle body propounded in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the “human energy field” or aura. It is said to be in immediate contact with the physical body, to sustain it and connect it with “higher” bodies.


 

F

 

Feng Shui: Ancient Chinese spiritual art form which integrates spirituality into decoration and environment.

 


 

G

 

Guru: A spiritual master.

 


 

H

 

Holistic/Wholistic: An adjective that means targeted to the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Wholistic medicine considers not only physical health but also the emotional, spiritual, social, and mental well-being of the person..

 


 

K

 

Karma: In Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Karma is the idea that this life is the result of mental and physical actions in previous lives. In the modern-day, it is often used to mean that good or bad actions in the past have led to certain consequences.

 

Kundalini: Derived from Sanskrit to mean “Coiled.” Refers to the psychic energy in our being that is dormant at the base of the spine and which may be activated through specific practices.

 


 

L

 

Lucid dream: A lucid dream is a type of dream in which the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, or environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid.

 


 

M

 

MANTRA: In Hinduism and Buddhism, the mystic words are used in rituals and meditation. It is believed to have the power to bring into being the reality it represents. The use of such mantras usually requires initiation by a guru or spiritual teacher.

 

Meditation: The action or practice of meditating. A core technique in Buddhism and Hindusm, and general health practice. Discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference. Employed since ancient times in various forms by all religions, the practice gained greater notice in the postwar U.S. as interest in Zen Buddhism rose. Meditation is now used by many nonreligious adherents as a method of stress reduction; known to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress. Enhances recuperation and improves the body’s resistance to disease.

 

Medium: The practice of being the communication point between a deceased person (or animal) and a living being.

 

Mindfulness: A type of meditation originating in Buddhism. The practice of being consciously aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental fashion. Rapidly growing as a general health practice.

 


 

N

 

Namaste: A spiritual word derived from Hinduism. Used to greet someone. Translated, meaning “I see the sacred in you.”

 

Non-physical: Having no body, form or substance.

 


 

O

 

Om: The primordial sound and the root of sounds and letters.

 

Oneness: The realization and condition of being in a state of oneness with all reality. Cessation of self.

 


 

P

 

Prana: The breath that sustains life. Prana is the essential energy that sustains life. In Yoga, the cosmic life force. Often called ‘Chi.’ Prana enters through the mouth and nose and fills the body, sustaining life.

 


 

S

 

Shaman: Among tribal peoples, a magician, medium, or healer the Sharman owes his powers to mystical communion with the spirit world. Characteristically, a shaman goes into auto-hypnotic trances, during which he contacts spirits. Shamans are found among the Siberians, Eskimos, and Native American tribes, in S.E. Asia, and in Oceania.

 

Sleep Paralysis:A globally reported phenomenon that takes place during the sleep state.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘waking consciousness’, a sleep state whereby the individual perceives that they are awake.  It is during this state that sleep paralysis takes place with some or all the following features: sensing, feeling and seeing an evil entity, breathing difficulties, bodily pressure on the chest sometimes from an evil entity, suffocation, out-of-body experiences including floating and seeing one’s body from above and intense fear.  The individual feels that death is imminent.  In contrast, extreme bliss is sometimes cited during the experience.  There are no treatments to permanently stop or remove sleep paralysis and no conclusive reasons for the occurrences. 

 

Spirit: The non-physical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.

 

Spiritism or Spiritualism: The belief is that the human soul survives death and can communicate with the living through a medium sensitive to its’ vibrations. The communication may be psychic, as in clairvoyance or trance speaking, or physical, as in automatic writing or ectoplasmic materializations.

 

Spiritual/Shamanic Healing: Practitioners regard themselves as conductors of healing energy or sources from the spiritual realm. Both may call upon spiritual helpers such as power animals, angels, inner teachers, the client’s Higher Self, or other spiritual forces. Both forms of healing can be used for a range of emotional and physical illnesses.

 


 

T

 

Third Eye: One of the chakras activated by meditation. Activation of the third eye chakra leads to improved clairvoyance.

 


 

If you would like to add a spiritual word or phrase to this list, please put it in the comments below.

 

This list will be continually updated.

 

As we journey together.

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Sheila Pryce Brooks is an expert in sleep paralysis and extraordinary spiritual experiences. She is passionate about illuminating the overlap between sleep paralysis, spirituality and science through research and education and she has since dedicated her life to helping others manage and transcend sleep paralysis and other extraordinary spiritual experiences.

 
 
 
 

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Whilst I don’t define myself as a psychic/medium, I do pick up on energy and can ‘read’ people often unintentionally and without the person realising what is taking place. For example, when I am with a group of people I can ‘home’ in on the person and see their past and future.

There have been many situations when the experience has been frightening. In such situations I remove myself from the space (as far as possible) and readjust my personal energy and spirit, to bring it back into balance. The experience leaves me unsettled. My personal balance needs to be restored quickly.

 
 

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Quora Question Answered – How come I have sleep paralysis so much to the point where it doesn’t phase me anymore?

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Quora Question Answered – How come I have sleep paralysis so much to the point where it doesn’t phase me anymore?

Sleep paralysis has become normalized and incorporated as a normal experience due to the frequency of your episodes. You have psychologically become used to the episodes and now they are part of your everyday sociological experience. You have become immune so to speak.

 

I have a Substack post where I write about sleep paralysis. You’re welcome to join the community here

 


 

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Sheila Pryce Brooks is an expert in sleep paralysis and extraordinary spiritual experiences. She is passionate about illuminating the overlap between sleep paralysis, spirituality and science through research and education and she has since dedicated her life to helping others manage and transcend sleep paralysis and other extraordinary spiritual experiences.

 
 
 
 

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Quora Question Answered – What Do You Do If Meditation Isn’t Working?


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Meditation has bought me to a new place in my existence. My day to day experience has completely changed and it’s all down to the practice of meditation.

There is no such thing as meditation not working. What may happen, is that you are not aware of the impact or changes that are taking place, but it definitely works.

It took about 6 months for me to notice the changes. The changes were so profound, yet subtle. And during the 6 months, I kept meditating, thinking that it wasn’t working.

You need to keep meditating for the benefit of relaxation, finding a peaceful moment and spending time enhancing your general health and well being. As you meditate, you begin to look turn inward and focus on yourself. You start to see yourself as a unique being and you take care of yourself from a higher level.

If you focus on meditating, not for the spiritual outcome, but for the outcome of satisfaction and comfort, it then becomes easier for the spiritual impact to be received. You release your resistance and expectations and allow the process to happen.

Like all things, once you release resistance and expectations, you allow what you want to come to you effortlessly. Keep going and enjoy the process.

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